Expanding Opportunities

Expanding Opportunities' mission is to increase self-sufficiency and cultural awareness through educational and charitable projects for people nationally and internationally. It is a broad mission designed to be clear enough to guide and flexible enough to respond to a variety of human need.
Aug 4, 2014

The Senior Counselor Speaks

Coal burning
Coal burning

Maine has many forests, lakes and streams, and many Summer Camps.  Camp Forest is a unique camp.  Not only is our programming a full immersion experience in the forest, but also integrates wilderness education, interpersonal relationships and psycho-emotional healing in all the activities. Camp Forest also has the mission to offer this camp experience to low income children. Through the assistance of donors, finances have not been a barrier to camp attendance. 

Children of parents limited by physical ailments, opiate addictions, or family tragedy are not uncommon. These children are not often given an opportunity to heal, or experience how the natural world can help them.  Holding a frog in her hand and seeing its life, learning to hike and be strong to overcome physical restrictions, spending time playing and being happy brings the opportunities to confidently face life. 

 Camp Forest has provided a bit of stability for children who are forced to sleep in the vehicle with their single mother, or those with unstable home lives. Occasionally these children would run off and cry to a tree for a while, then return ready to face the world.

We have watched children who have problems with school, gain interest and a passion for learning at Camp Forest. We have watched children who would not listen, grow into amazing, attentive students. 

 Our low camper to staff ratio, un -walled free learning style, coyote teaching techniques, respect for all life, and peer mentoring is designed to find a child’s own inner passion for learning. We have successfully blended these children with high functioning children from healthy and skilled families.

  If you want to help us make a difference in a child’s life, Step up and Do it.  

 Thank you.  

 Sincerely,

Adam Stone, Senior Counselor

(lightly edited)

Using your senses
Using your senses
Challenge your fears
Challenge your fears
Concentrating on work
Concentrating on work
Identifying plants
Identifying plants
Shelter
Shelter

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Jul 24, 2014

Meet Susan

Susan
Susan

Meet Susan. She is a pastoralist girl, 16 years old and living with her grandmother. At 16 she is still in primary school due to t he pastoralist life style, family problems and poverty. She is very bright but has been in and out of school due to the lack of school fees. She is in Class eight and should be taking her final primary examinations, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, this year.

The headmaster of the primary school confirmed that she is indeed bright and needy and deserves assistance. He can allow her to attend school without a uniform but she has no serviceable home clothes either.

Thanks to donors like you Susan is now back in school with a new uniform and supplies.  She is grateful that she can continue her education, and have choices in her life.

Susan and her Grandmother
Susan and her Grandmother

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Jul 10, 2014

Meet Dominic

Shy Dominic on his first day to meet us at JWHS
Shy Dominic on his first day to meet us at JWHS

Dominic and his sister, Joanne, lived in Kenya with their single mother. Mom was working hard and able to care for her children. The children were living with their mother in a city about 2 hours from here. She had placed Joanne in private boarding school in Grade 6. Dominic was in a nursery school. Their mother had to travel to Nairobi on Good Friday. The Matatu had an accident and she died instantly. The children were left as orphans. At the burial, the extended family was discussing the children and no one wanted them. They were going to divide them and they would be living far apart geographically. Elizabeth, a more distant relative, was quiet at first but the talk of breaking up the children bothered her so she offered to take them both. The family was very pleased as no one wanted the responsibility. Elizabeth came to Mangu with both children. She started first to sort out the private boarding school for Joanne. The school offered to allow the girl to stay there with no fees until the end of this year. Then she began looking for help for Dominic.

Elizabeth, old enough to be a young grandmother, is handicapped, walks with a prominent limp, but does not talk of her problem.   She and her husband had three children. He provided well for them and was building a house. It was not quite finished when he died but they live in the house quite comfortably. Her last born is in high school.   She struggles to work to pay school fees and support herself and her children.

Thanks to generous donors like you, Expanding Opportunities was able to buy Dominic his uniform, books, school supplies and pay his school fees. We expect to bring his sister to public school next year where they can attend school together.

Dominic in his new uniform
Dominic in his new uniform

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